moderated Help needed-San Antonio MARS operators who in 1979 helped families of burned Marines?


Bill Craft
 

Good evening.

I am a retired Marine writing a book about an October 1979 typhoon, fuel spill and fire at a U. S. Marine Corps training camp on the lower slopes of Mount Fuji, Japan. The incident left 73 injured — most of them Marines, many horribly burned. Thirteen died. 38 of the injured were evacuated from Japan to Brooke Army Medical Center.

Among the many people in San Antonio who rallied to help those Marines and their families were volunteer MARS operators who set up a station on the hospital’s seventh floor. They spent hours arranging phone patches for the Marines’ families — allowing them to avoid long-distance telephone charges while keeping relatives updated on their loved one’s health, and taking care of business in their hometowns.

The help made it easier for family members to remain by their Marine’s bedside — which doctors said increased patients’ likelihood of survival.

Would your club by chance have any sort of historical records documenting this kind service? Might any of the volunteer operators who helped be available to share recollections?

I will be doing research in San Antonio from Saturday, May 21 until Saturday, May 28. Should it be possible to learn more about this aspect of the story of the Camp Fuji Marines, I would be most grateful for any available information.

More about me — and examples of my work — can be found at ChasHenry.com.

Thank you for your consideration.

Gratefully, and Semper Fidelis,
Chas Henry

Mobile: +1 703.303.3083


J C Smith
 

Bill:

Probably members like Bob rod, Steve Serwin and Larry (can't remember last name) would be the best reourve.  Several years we tried to compoile a list of past club presidents and we could only go back 15 years or so.  If records exist the are well hidden.

J C



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From: "Bill Craft"
To: main@saradioclub.groups.io
Cc:
Sent: Monday May 16 2022 9:11:56AM
Subject: [Special] [W5SC] Help needed-San Antonio MARS operators who in 1979 helped families of burned Marines?

Good evening.

I am a retired Marine writing a book about an October 1979 typhoon, fuel spill and fire at a U. S. Marine Corps training camp on the lower slopes of Mount Fuji, Japan. The incident left 73 injured — most of them Marines, many horribly burned. Thirteen died. 38 of the injured were evacuated from Japan to Brooke Army Medical Center.

Among the many people in San Antonio who rallied to help those Marines and their families were volunteer MARS operators who set up a station on the hospital’s seventh floor. They spent hours arranging phone patches for the Marines’ families — allowing them to avoid long-distance telephone charges while keeping relatives updated on their loved one’s health, and taking care of business in their hometowns.

The help made it easier for family members to remain by their Marine’s bedside — which doctors said increased patients’ likelihood of survival.

Would your club by chance have any sort of historical records documenting this kind service? Might any of the volunteer operators who helped be available to share recollections?

I will be doing research in San Antonio from Saturday, May 21 until Saturday, May 28. Should it be possible to learn more about this aspect of the story of the Camp Fuji Marines, I would be most grateful for any available information.

More about me — and examples of my work — can be found at ChasHenry.com.

Thank you for your consideration.

Gratefully, and Semper Fidelis,
Chas Henry

Mobile: +1 703.303.3083


Lee Besing
 

I shared the original message on SanAntoniohams.org/blog. Perhaps somebody in the ham community will be able to reach out and help him.

Lee Besing, N5NTG
210-771-7075
San Antonio TX


-----Original Message-----
From: J C Smith <n5rxs@...>
To: "'main@saradioclub.groups.io'" <main@saradioclub.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, 16 May 2022 3:44 PM
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Help needed-San Antonio MARS operators who in 1979 helped families of burned Marines?

Bill:

Probably members like Bob rod, Steve Serwin and Larry (can't remember last name) would be the best reourve.  Several years we tried to compoile a list of past club presidents and we could only go back 15 years or so.  If records exist the are well hidden.

J C



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From: "Bill Craft"
To: main@saradioclub.groups.io
Cc:
Sent: Monday May 16 2022 9:11:56AM
Subject: [Special] [W5SC] Help needed-San Antonio MARS operators who in 1979 helped families of burned Marines?

Good evening.

I am a retired Marine writing a book about an October 1979 typhoon, fuel spill and fire at a U. S. Marine Corps training camp on the lower slopes of Mount Fuji, Japan. The incident left 73 injured — most of them Marines, many horribly burned. Thirteen died. 38 of the injured were evacuated from Japan to Brooke Army Medical Center.

Among the many people in San Antonio who rallied to help those Marines and their families were volunteer MARS operators who set up a station on the hospital’s seventh floor. They spent hours arranging phone patches for the Marines’ families — allowing them to avoid long-distance telephone charges while keeping relatives updated on their loved one’s health, and taking care of business in their hometowns.

The help made it easier for family members to remain by their Marine’s bedside — which doctors said increased patients’ likelihood of survival.

Would your club by chance have any sort of historical records documenting this kind service? Might any of the volunteer operators who helped be available to share recollections?

I will be doing research in San Antonio from Saturday, May 21 until Saturday, May 28. Should it be possible to learn more about this aspect of the story of the Camp Fuji Marines, I would be most grateful for any available information.

More about me — and examples of my work — can be found at ChasHenry.com.

Thank you for your consideration.

Gratefully, and Semper Fidelis,
Chas Henry

Mobile: +1 703.303.3083


Bill Craft
 

JC,

all of the club's paper records (that were available 1962-1980) were digitized and archived on our website storage. It not available to the public, but is only accessed via FTP since the files are huge.

I did read the minutes from oct 79-to march 80- there is no mention of MARS activity. Could have been in clubs newsletter but I don't have those years.

Bill

On 5/16/2022 3:41 PM, J C Smith wrote:
Bill:

Probably members like Bob rod, Steve Serwin and Larry (can't remember last name) would be the best reourve.  Several years we tried to compoile a list of past club presidents and we could only go back 15 years or so.  If records exist the are well hidden.

J C



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From: "Bill Craft"
To: main@saradioclub.groups.io
Cc:
Sent: Monday May 16 2022 9:11:56AM
Subject: [Special] [W5SC] Help needed-San Antonio MARS operators who in 1979 helped families of burned Marines?

Good evening.

I am a retired Marine writing a book about an October 1979 typhoon, fuel spill and fire at a U. S. Marine Corps training camp on the lower slopes of Mount Fuji, Japan. The incident left 73 injured — most of them Marines, many horribly burned. Thirteen died. 38 of the injured were evacuated from Japan to Brooke Army Medical Center.

Among the many people in San Antonio who rallied to help those Marines and their families were volunteer MARS operators who set up a station on the hospital’s seventh floor. They spent hours arranging phone patches for the Marines’ families — allowing them to avoid long-distance telephone charges while keeping relatives updated on their loved one’s health, and taking care of business in their hometowns.

The help made it easier for family members to remain by their Marine’s bedside — which doctors said increased patients’ likelihood of survival.

Would your club by chance have any sort of historical records documenting this kind service? Might any of the volunteer operators who helped be available to share recollections?

I will be doing research in San Antonio from Saturday, May 21 until Saturday, May 28. Should it be possible to learn more about this aspect of the story of the Camp Fuji Marines, I would be most grateful for any available information.

More about me — and examples of my work — can be found at ChasHenry.com.

Thank you for your consideration.

Gratefully, and Semper Fidelis,
Chas Henry

Mobile: +1 703.303.3083


George James
 

Hello Bill

There was a wooden plaque that was on the wall in the old Red Cross building. That plaque had Nameplates of the past presidents of the radio club up to the late 70s. don't know what may have happened to that.

George James, WB5LDN 
210 240-7307 


On May 17, 2022, at 1:47 PM, Bill Craft <billc851@...> wrote:



JC,

all of the club's paper records (that were available 1962-1980) were digitized and archived on our website storage. It not available to the public, but is only accessed via FTP since the files are huge.

I did read the minutes from oct 79-to march 80- there is no mention of MARS activity. Could have been in clubs newsletter but I don't have those years.

Bill

On 5/16/2022 3:41 PM, J C Smith wrote:
Bill:

Probably members like Bob rod, Steve Serwin and Larry (can't remember last name) would be the best reourve.  Several years we tried to compoile a list of past club presidents and we could only go back 15 years or so.  If records exist the are well hidden.

J C



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From: "Bill Craft"
To: main@saradioclub.groups.io
Cc:
Sent: Monday May 16 2022 9:11:56AM
Subject: [Special] [W5SC] Help needed-San Antonio MARS operators who in 1979 helped families of burned Marines?

Good evening.

I am a retired Marine writing a book about an October 1979 typhoon, fuel spill and fire at a U. S. Marine Corps training camp on the lower slopes of Mount Fuji, Japan. The incident left 73 injured — most of them Marines, many horribly burned. Thirteen died. 38 of the injured were evacuated from Japan to Brooke Army Medical Center.

Among the many people in San Antonio who rallied to help those Marines and their families were volunteer MARS operators who set up a station on the hospital’s seventh floor. They spent hours arranging phone patches for the Marines’ families — allowing them to avoid long-distance telephone charges while keeping relatives updated on their loved one’s health, and taking care of business in their hometowns.

The help made it easier for family members to remain by their Marine’s bedside — which doctors said increased patients’ likelihood of survival.

Would your club by chance have any sort of historical records documenting this kind service? Might any of the volunteer operators who helped be available to share recollections?

I will be doing research in San Antonio from Saturday, May 21 until Saturday, May 28. Should it be possible to learn more about this aspect of the story of the Camp Fuji Marines, I would be most grateful for any available information.

More about me — and examples of my work — can be found at ChasHenry.com.

Thank you for your consideration.

Gratefully, and Semper Fidelis,
Chas Henry

Mobile: +1 703.303.3083